For a lot of people throughout the world, it is almost unimaginable to spend their day without enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and it appears that its rich and robust flavor is the main “culprit” for this rather common daily habit. However, rarely do we ask ourselves what occurs in our body after we consume our daily dosage of caffeine.
Until now, there have been a lot of conflicting studies on the advantages and disadvantages of coffee consumption. A lot of people would like to have a definite answer on whether coffee betters our focus and helps fight off appetite or whether it elevates stress and increases the blood sugar levels. This being said, it is important to note that research suggest that overconsumption of coffee is never beneficial for the body whereas a cup from time to time may offer some health advantages.
What Happens in the Body when You Drink Coffee?
As seen on True Activist, the body goes through the following changes after drinking a cup of coffee:
- 10 minutes
Caffeine has now entered the bloodstream and increased your blood pressure, energy, and heart rate; this effect is more emphasized in men than in women.
- 20 minutes
This is the time when you will feel the best (more perky and awake) because the caffeine is now impacting the levels of adenosine, i.e. it turns them down. This is a neurotransmitter in charge of “telling” the body when it is time for sleep. This is why consuming coffee before bed is not recommended because it may contribute to insomnia.
- 30 minutes
The body’s production of adrenaline has been elevated and your energy production becomes higher. This causes dilated air passage and higher blood flow to the muscles.
- 40 minutes
At this point, the brain is more sensitive to serotonin (a neurotransmitter for mood regulation) and your mood significantly betters.
- 60 minutes
Now, the anxiety levels will become higher due to the caffeine’s continuing effect on your dopamine levels and you will feel happier and content.
- 6 hours
Although the effects are long gone, the body has not yet stopped with the processing. This is when coffee’s diuretic effects come into light this triggers the kidneys to expel urine and toxins from the body and so you may urinate more frequently.
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